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William-Wayne's take on the classic Orkney chair.  

The Orkney chair looks fabulously modern for a design that’s about two centuries old. The originals were made in Orkney (a scattering of islands off Scotland) of sturdy driftwood frames with high wood-and-straw backs; the side “wings” were meant to spare the sitter from drafts. If you’re lucky enough to find an antique one today, it could cost upwards of $4,000. Ralph Lauren makes a cushioned version that starts at $2,205, but if you can do without the padding, try this one, available in two sizes (for $1,750, pictured, and $750) exclusively at William-Wayne & Co. (846 Lexington Avenue, at 64th Street; 212-737-8934). It’s handcrafted in the Philippines of teak, sea grass, and jute, and intended for indoor use—in an apartment living room, say, on the island of Manhattan.


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